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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed rallies in Assam and West Bengal ahead of the third phase of voting in the ongoing assembly elections in both states. While PM Modi addressed a rally in Tamulpur in Assam, in West Bengal PM is addressing one rally in Tarakeswar and Sonarpur each. Here are the top developments:
Working for some is called secularism: PM Modi in Tamulpur, Assam
Addressing a rally in Assam, the PM said that it is the country’s misfortune that working for a particular section is called “secularism” while working for everyone without discrimination gets you labelled as “communal.”
The PM said his party formulates policies for all without discrimination.
“We work for everyone without discrimination but some people divide the country for vote bank, which is unfortunately called secularism. But if we work for everyone, it’s called communal. Games of secularism, communalism have caused great damage to the country,” said PM Modi.

The PM also said his government is working sincerely to fully implement the Assam accord.
Modi also indirectly referred to the comments by Abdur Rahim, the son of AIUDF founder and MP Badruddin Ajmal, a Congress ally, who on Friday asserted “dadhi, topi and lungi wallahs” will form the next government in the state.
“There cannot be a bigger insult to Assam. The people of Assam will not tolerate those who insult Assam’s pride and identity and will give them a befitting reply through the ballot,” he said.

This was PM Modi’s last rally in Assam before the third and final phase of voting on April 6. PM Modi said people have decided to give another chance to NDA in the state.
After Assam, PM Modi visited the neighbouring West Bengal where addressing a rally in Tarakeshwar, the PM said that the people in Nandigram have already given a glimpse of May 2 results.
Game over, says PM Modi in Tarakeshwar, West Bengal
Addressing a rally in Tarakeshwar, PM Modi said, “If players keep criticising umpires, you should know
“Khela Sesh” (game’s over),” said the PM referring to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s allegations against the Election Commission (EC).
Predicting a BJP win, the PM said that a BJP government will attend oath-taking ceremony.

The PM said,” Didi you betrayed Bengal, you accept defeat”, he further said, “Trinamool Congress left Singur in limbo after exploiting it for political purpose, with no industries in the area and farmers in distress.”
In West Bengal, two out of eight phases of voting have ended and the third phase is scheduled for April 6. The result will be announced on May 2.
After Sarma, EC should also bar PM Modi, Amit Shah from campaigning in Assam: Congress
A day after Election Commission barred BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma from campaigning in the ongoing Assam assembly elections, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala on Saturday said the EC should also ban Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and JP Nadda from campaigning to ensure free and fair elections in the state.
“We urge that though notices have been given to newspaper which ran the advertisements, it should also bar Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Sarbananda Sonowal and JP Nadda too who were shown in ads in Assam’s newspapers, for free and fair polls,” Surjewala told ANI.
Earlier in the day, Himanta Sarma replied to the poll body, saying he did not threaten Bodoland People’s Front chief Hagrama Mohilary.

BJP resolved Bodoland issue, brought peace to Assam: JP Nadda
BJP president JP Nadda on Saturday said his party’s government at the centre and in Assam resolved the Bodoland issue and brought peace to the state.
Speaking to ANI, Nadda said, “The Bodoland agitation was going on for 50 years. Thousands of people and security persons were killed but no one was listening. It was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s political will, Amit Shah’s strategy, and Sonowal implemented it in letter and spirit that the Bodoland territorial region issue was resolved and aspirations of the people of the land were accommodated and the identity of Assam was saved.”
(With agency inputs)